Here’s a Timeline of Meek Mill and Drake’s Beef
The beef between Drake and Meek Mill is one of the most entertaining stories in hip-hop right now. Two of the biggest rap names right now are currently in a war of words because of Meek’s allegation that Drake employs ghostwriters, specifically an Atlanta artist named Quentin Miller. Miller is credited in the liner notes for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. As this beef continues on, here's a timeline of when Drake and Meek became friends, what went wrong and how they got into the tiff they are in now.
"Amen" was Drake and Meek Mill's first song together and serves as the starting point to their relationship. The song is featured as the lead single to Meek's debut album for Dreams & Nightmares. Even though the song received heat from religious organizations—Philadelphia area pastor Rev. Jomo K. Johnson said that the song was blatant disrespect and revoked Meek’s "hood pass"—it still became one of Meek's biggest hits, peaking at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since making "Amen," Drake (28) and Meek (28) have been seen multiple times hanging out with each other in public places. In 2013, while Drizzy was on his Would You Like A Tour, at his stop in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, he brought Meek on stage to perform hits like "Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)" and "Levels." Just last year, the two were partying together during NBA All-Star Weekend.
“It felt good to hear Drake show love and respect like that. Me and my homies we always thought that about the intro. You know what I’m saying? It ain’t take Drake to say it. You know, Drake just put an extra stamp on it. At the level of artist he is right now. That’s the homie. You know he gonna rep. And that’s how he must have felt. He just woke up and tweeted that. That’s how he felt. I always say most of the time in interviews Drake like the hottest, the biggest artist of our generation. So, I was smiling when I seen it. As soon as I woke up.”
When the MMG MC was sentenced to six months behind bars in July 2014 for a parole violation and his appeal was rejected in August 2014, Drizzy could be spotted performing while on Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour in multiple Free Meek Mill T-shirts (see above and here). Lil Wayne and Drake paid tribute to Meek by playing Meek’s Dreams And Nightmares ’Intro’ when they were in Philly in August 2014. Following Meek's release from prison in December 2014, Heartbreak Drake and the Philly native joined forces to clown Kevin Hart's outfit on Instagram in February of this year.
First Half of 2015
After Drake released If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Meek remixed "Energy," while promoting for his own sophomore LP Dreams Worth More Than Money. At Coachella this past April, Drake brought out Nicki and congratulated her on her relationship with Meek. Drake and Meek officially linked up for the second time on wax on "R.I.C.O.," a track off Meek's DWMTM, which is also one of the best songs of 2015 so far.
The Turning Point
At Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash in Atlanta last month, Future brought out a bunch of guest including Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Drake. But here's the thing. Meek and Nicki came out together but later in the night he also brings out Drake. No big deal but why not have the all three perform some of their collabs together. To make things even stranger, after the show Meek and Nicki went to party with Migos and Rocko while Drake went to go party with Future, Kanye West, 2 Chainz and OutKast. Why did they hit separate clubs?
Meek Mill Twitter Rant
Meek Mill went off on Twitter and called out Drake for having a ghostwriter plus threw shots at Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend. For over two hours, the Philly rapper let loose and the world of hip-hop was glued to his Twitter feed. Rappers like OG Maco and Roscoe Dash gave their two cents plus unexpected people, like John Legend’s wife supermodel Chrissy Teigen. Coming to Drake’s defense was Toronto Councilor Norm Kelly who tweeted that Meek was not welcome in Canada, to which the rapper took offense and told Kelly he sounded like a “thug.” The councilor later declared Drake a national hero.
At that moment Drake didn’t publicly respond to Meek’s jabs, but his right-hand-man Noah "40" Shebib did. Meek eventually explained why he went in on Drake at a concert the next night (July 22). If you haven't seen the complete timeline of Meek's rant, step right here.
Funkmaster Flex Drops Reference Track, Says He Has More
Funk Flex released audio of Quentin Miller’s reference version of Drizzy’s “10 Bands.” Miller is credited in the liner notes as a co-writer for six songs on Drizzy’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. “I got this from someone in Drake’s camp,” said Flex about the audio.”They reached out. They saw me keeping it 100 on [Instagram.]“ Funk’s unidentified source also claims that Drizzy has Quentin on retainer for $5,000 per month.
Funk later said he has additional reference tracks written by Drizzy’s alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller. “There are 3 more reference tracks…. That niggas “collaborated” on!!!,” Flex posted on his Twitter account. He mentioned one track specifically saying he has the audio for the ref. track to album favorite, “Know Yourself.” “Also have reference of KNOW YOURSELF!!! Nigga from Atlanta wrote a song about your city!!!! You a great record maker!!! If you lie you CB4,” Flex added.
He continued to go in on the Young Money rapper comparing him to other people who famously used ghostwriters, such as Diddy, Dr. Dre and Timbaland. He even threw in Kanye West. He later tossed up a picture of MC Gusto from the film CB4 to further accent his thoughts on Drake being a fraud.
"Charged Up, "Back to BacK" and "Wanna Know"
Drizzy issued the response track titled "Charged Up" on his segment of last week’s Beats 1′s OVO Sound Radio. The T Dot rapper doesn’t mention any names but leaves no question as to who or what he is addressing with bars like, “I see you niggas having trouble going gold/Come and live all your dreams at OVO.” And, “No woman ever had me star struck/Or was able to tell me to get my bars up.”
He doesn’t quit with the slick subliminal there. “Need DJ Clue to drop a bomb on it/None of them want this more than I want it,” seems like a shot aimed at DJ Funkmaster Flex who is hell bent on destroying Drizzy’s credibility.
Meek finally responds weeks later with “Wanna Know” featuring Quentin Miller. The record, premiered by Funk Flex, includes what is said to be the actual audio from the reference track Drake allegedly used on “Know Yourself.” However the diss song wasn’t received well and the rapper even deleted the track from his SoundCloud page.
Nicki Minaj Speaks
In the middle of this beef is Nicki Minaj. The New York native is currently dating Meek and is also Drake’s close friend. In an interview last October she opens up about the ongoing feud. “They’re men, grown-ass men,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s between them.’’ On how it made her feel: “I hate it,” she said. ‘‘It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
50 Cent takes shots at Drake and Birdman
The beef between Meek Mill and Drake may be sizzling down, but after the leak of Rick Ross' "Color Money" track a few days ago, the beef may start to heat up once again. In the record, which leaked on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Rick Ross takes aim at Drizzy with some threatening lyrics that have internet in uproar. In the diss track, Ricky Rozay spits the following:
"My lil homie made a million on his girl tour we back to back and down to whack a nigga unborn miami niggas got them changing all the gun laws so run forrest got some shooters and they dying too i got more money than that pussy that you’re signed to"
While the record is was taken off the internet immediately after it leaked, several people were able to catch the record as well as the lyrics aimed at Drake. It's still unknown however, if the track "Color Money" will be a song in Rozay's upcoming project Black Market. As fans eagerly await the next move from either Drake or Rick Ross' camp, things could start unfolding once again between our eyes.
Meek Mill drops surprise EP, disses Drake and 50 Cent
Meek Mill dropped a surprise new EP 4/4 on Jan. 16. On “I’m Da Plug Freestyle,” Meek reignites his beef with Drake and throws multiple jabs throughout the song. The EP drops just minutes before the first episode of OVO Sound Radio of 2016. Read the shots below:
“Was that my girl tour or the world tour?/I do not know what you pussy niggas goin’ for/This that 100k a night when you perform tour/Swimmin’ in that good pussy while you on tour”
“Ain’t nobody telling this ain’t what you want, man / You ain’t really write it who your stuntman?”
“I don’t believe them guys, y’all believe them ni**as?/Headbands and double parks, do y’all see them ni**as?/We the type to run up on them tri-leader ni**as/We really started from the bottom, look like we them ni**as”
Meek Mill also appears to be taking shots at 50 Cent on “Gave Em Hope,” dropping multiple sub-disses aimed at the hip-hop vet in his second verse. 50 has been vocal on his opinion of Drake bodying Meek during the first round of their beef. Then there’s this. “I talk about it, I bag it up/You popping shit on your Instagram/Shit that you’re popping ain’t adding up/Shit that you’re popping ain’t making sense/I got fifty reasons say you’re taking dick/And it’s fifty reasons I should kill, nigga.”
50 Cent and G-Unit trade shots with Meek Mill
Fif took to social media earlier to air out his new foe.
Taking to Instagram, the Queens rapper posted a picture of Meek Mill’s face inside of the Emoji universally known as pile of shit (even though it might really be chocolate ice cream, but that’s neither here not there). In the caption he put, “LMAO Hey shit head, your career is over already.you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl. 💩💩💩 new meek emoji lol.”
Meek took to Instagram and tried to expose the Queens MC’s misfortunes saying he is penniless and angry. “U pop shit on social media 24/7 … U never in the places everybody b at…. The whole queens say you a rat…. Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick …. Ross finished you “career over? How dare you speak on that? …. All you artist that came under you broke” ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below “0” lol hold up….. U always hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city…… U going broke and you miserable …. U really miserable bro…. You like 40 on the internet all day 😭😭😭😭 Mayweather ain’t got tickets for you nomore …. Ya liquor is piss… U really miserable and don’t really have friends … You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I’m done wit you … This my last insta-fingers post for a min lol,” he typed.
Norm Kelly, full-time Drake supporter and Toronto Councillor posted a picture of an L directed at the Philly rapper shortly after the release of his Drake diss.
Meek didn’t let him slid either. “Norm Kelly hold up…… Young black dude that came from nothing vs old white racist man from Toronto…. I got more money than you already? You took the real “L” in life champ!
Tony Yayo has joined in on the onslaught and posted on Instagram
Meek Mill drops second installment of 4/4 EP, disses Drake on "War Pain"
Meek drops the second installment of his 4/4 EP in January. Meek takes a few more shots at Drake on “War Pain.” On that record the MMG rhymer calls Drizzy out for ghostwriting. “See an OVO chain, probably take that shit,” he raps. “You ain’t writin’, n****, we caught ya/Can’t erase that shit and you claiming you Hov now?/Why you state that shit?”
Drake Takes a Jab at Meek Mill at 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in February Drake coached opposite Kevin Hart for the celebrity basketball game. Before the game even started, the OVO rapper used some air time to air out his nemesis Meek Mill. While in a interview with ESPN, Drizzy was asked about matching up against Hart. “If we are talking city versus city, it’s been a tough year for you,” he said referring to Kevin Hart’s native Philadelphia which is also the birthplace of a one Meek Mill.
DJ Drama Breaks Down His Involvement in Drake and Meek Mill Beef
Drama was on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning in July and broke down how the Meek Mill and Drake beef escalated.
The Philadelphia-born DJ said, “I’m gonna say this and then we’re gonna put it to rest. My involvement in the situation was the fact that [Meek] thought he was getting dissed.” Of course, Drama is referencing the “R.I.C.O.” line, in which Drake says, “The girl of your dreams to me is probably not a challenge.”
Drama told Meek the line was not a diss, because Drake didn’t even write the lyrics. Drama tells Ebro, “I was like, ‘Bro, he’s not dissing you. He’s not dissing you… those weren’t technically his bars.'”
At that point, Meek tweeted out that Drake has a ghostwriter, and the beef escalated from there. “I had a conversation with my man about something and from there it just blew out of proportion,” Drama said.
Meek Mill Discusses Fallout From Drake Beef
After a short hiatus, Meek Mill talks about his beef with Drake.
“Last year and the position I was in, a lot of people was going with the wave that I was actually losing, but my life was good,” he said regarding the Internet believing he took an L to the 6 God. “The Internet is kind of uncontrollable where people go with their own ways,” he added. “It’s a world of cowards where people get behind a computer and type anything.”
Meek continued on to touch on the memes and internet trolls. “My son is five years old, just turned five years old the other day. He’s speaking French. If you call that losing, I don’t know what you call that,” the Dreamchasers rapper said. “That’s like me going on Draymond Green or Steph Curry’s comments and putting up an L.”
Drake Disses Meek Mill in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia
While in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia for his Summer Sixteen tour, Drake dissed Meek Mill in both cities. In D.C., he changed the lyrics to “Back to Back” and called Meek a “pussy.” While in Philly, Meek's hometown, Drake once again changed the lyrics to his song to take a dig at Meek.
“And just remember, when you watch that video over and over tonight, it’s not about your city. I love your city,” Drake said, seeming to talk to Meek. “You did that shit to your motherfuckin’ self, boy!”